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WBB returns to LHU for final home game of the season

(LHU ATHLETICS) Lock Haven University’s Rileigh Devine dribbles down the court in an NCAA women’s basketball game. The Bald Eagles host ESU tonight in their home-finale.

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – The Lock Haven University women’s basketball team (13-12, 10-10 PSAC East) closes out their slate of 2019-20 home games this Wednesday, February 26 when they face the East Stroudsburg Warriors (18-8, 14-6 PSAC East) at Thomas Fieldhouse. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday’s game will serve as the team’s senior night, with a special presentation taking place before the game to honor this year’s seniors.

THE SERIES:

The Bald Eagles fell to East Stroudsburg 42-58 earlier this season on the road. Lock Haven fought tooth and nail with the Warriors for the majority of the game, but a 12-point run from ESU in the fourth quarter allowed the Warriors to claim the victory.

The Bald Eagles met the Warriors three times last season, splitting the regular season series before Lock Haven downed East Stroudsburg 72-65 in the first round of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Tournament to advance to the PSAC Quarter Finals.

Prior to the game this January, LHU had won two consecutive games against the Warriors, and are 3-14 against East Stroudsburg dating back to the 2011-12 season.

NEED TO KNOW:

LHU clinched their second consecutive PSAC playoff berth this past Saturday, securing the number five seed after downing West Chester 71-60 on the road. The Warriors currently sit second in the PSAC East after defeating Shepherd 65-58 last Saturday.

It was a team effort for the Bald Eagles against West Chester as five different players finished in double figures. Marena Lonardi (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown) led Lock Haven with 17 points, the majority of which came from the free throw stripe as Lonardi knocked down 10 of her 12 attempts (.833). Lonardi’s 10 free throws were a season and career-best for the freshman guard.

Taylor Leidy (Alexandria, Pa./Juniata Valley) added 13 points, going 4-6 from the field, while Bink Redman (York, Pa./William Penn) recorded 12 points to mark her third consecutive game in the double-digits. Nadia Romanchock (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin) notched a career-high nine rebounds, all of which were defensive. Leidy and Redman each added six rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Bald Eagles head to Millersville this weekend to close out the 2019-20 regular season, taking on the Marauders at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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